Julian Alvarez’s performances for Manchester City thus far this season have earned Pep Guardiola’s praise.
The Spaniard will return to the dugout for today’s Premier League match against West Ham United after missing City’s previous two games while recuperating from back surgery.
The manager discussed one particular player in his team’s efforts in the lead-up to this game.
Guardiola is excited about Alvarez.
Guardiola mentioned Alvarez in his most recent press conference before this afternoon’s game against West Ham.
He stated: “From the start of the season, his effect has been enormous. He has a fantastic skill and sense of movement, as well as a strong work ethic off the ball. And we are quite happy.
The 23-year-old has started each of City’s four Premier League games so far this season, making him one of the four outfield players to do so.
The fact that Ederson is the only player to have played more minutes than Alvarez shows how important he has been to the triple champions.
The Argentine’s performance in his four league games—two goals and one assist—supports Guardiola’s assertion that he has a solid sense of being able to provide goal contributions.
Only Rodri (7.95/10) and Erling Haaland (8.06/10) had greater ratings for the entire season than he has thanks to his overall performances.
Given everything mentioned above, it is evident that Alvarez has had a solid start to his second season with Guardiola’s team and is well deserved of the praise his manager has given him.
Going forward, the striker will undoubtedly be in line for even more acclaim if he can score against the Hammers today and extend his team’s undefeated start to the season.